Horace G. Campbell is a noted international peace and justice scholar and Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Born in 1945 (Montego Bay, Jamaica), he has been involved in Africa's Liberation Struggles and in the struggles for peace and justice globally for more than four decades. From his years in Toronto, Canada, to his sojourns in Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and parts of the Caribbean, he has been an influential force offering alternatives to the hegemonic ideas of Eurocentrism. In an attempt to theorize new concepts of revolution in the 21st century he has been seeking to expand on the ideas of fractals and the importance of emancipatory ideas. He currently teaches in the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.
Education and early academics
Dr. Campbell was educated in the Caribbean, Canada, Uganda and the United Kingdom. He did his doctoral work at Sussex University in the United Kingdom. The title of his thesis was The Commandist State in Uganda. Since 1979, he has been studying issues of militarism and transformation in Africa. Before teaching at Syracuse University, Horace Campbell taught in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and for six years at the University of Dar Es Salaam. He has been a Visiting Distinguished Professor in South Africa, Ireland and in Uganda.
Contributions to scholarship
Presently, within Syracuse University, he serves as a mentor for younger scholars and teaches courses on African Politics, African International Relations, Militarism and Transformation in Southern Africa, Introduction to Pan Africanism and The Caribbean Society since Independence, Caribbean Intellectual Thought and Introduction to African American Studies. At Syracuse University, Campbell is a member of the International Relations Faculty in the Maxwell School. He is also one of the principal conveners for the Graduate Seminar on Pan Africanism: Research and Readings. In this course he conducts a major seminar on the issues of peace and reconstruction and the meanings of Pan Africanism today.
He is the Director of the Africa Initiative in the University. The purpose of the initiative is to focus on Africa as an important source of knowledge, highlighting work on the continent by Syracuse University scholars. The scholars represent a variety of disciplines including the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics, engineering and others. The Africa Initiative has the following areas of research and advocacy: peace and reconstruction, Africa and the information revolution, gender and the environment in the Pan African world, African Orature, African Languages and literature and Reparations in the Twenty First Century.
Dr. Campbell has published widely. His most important book Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney is going through its sixth edition. His Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation (David Phillip, South Africa and Africa World Press, New Jersey, 2003) lays out a new critique of liberation movements that go sour and fail to transform themselves and their societies. His most recent book is Pan Africanism, Pan Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st Century (New Academia Publishers 2006).
Dr. Campbell has contributed over thirty chapters to other edited books and has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals, and is currently writing a book titled Angola: The Struggle for Reconstruction.
Dr. Campbell writes regularly for the major newspapers in the USA, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. He has been a commentator on international politics on Pacifica Radio. His commentaries on international issues are widely circulated and his interview for the Blackelectorate.com, on the implications of September 11/2001 for humanity was widely reproduced on web sites in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. As a commentator on peace and transformation, he is actively involved in the opposition to the establishment of the US Africa Command.
Affiliations and activism
Dr. Campbell is a member of the African Studies Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He is an active member of the African Association of Political Science and was the guest editor in the first issue of the African Journal of Political Science, where he coordinated the publication on the question of Pan Africanism in the 21st century.
Presently, he serves as the Chairperson of the Walter Rodney Commemoration Committee. This is a committee of activists who seek to extend the work and ideas of Walter Rodney in relation to emancipatory politics.
Dr. Campbell was the first Director of the Syracuse University Study Abroad Program in Harare, Zimbabwe. During this period in Zimbabwe he worked with Youths to grasp the importance of emancipation in the post-independence era. It was his interaction with the youth, especially the radical African Feminists that influenced his book, Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model off Liberation. In the region of Southern Africa, he participated in the debates on regional cooperation and continues to be an active researcher on questions of peace and reconstruction in Africa. In 2007 he was the keynote speaker at the Africa beyond Borders in Durban, South Africa. He delivered the Wolpe lecture at the University of Kwa –Zulu Natal in July 2007. 
In the summer of 2001, he conducted research on peace in Central Africa and was based at the Global Pan African Movement in Kampala, Uganda. He gave presentations on Peace and Reconstruction before the Uganda Society in Uganda, the Nairobi Peace Initiative (Nairobi, Kenya) and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center (Cape Town, South Africa). Campbell was a presenter on Globalisation at the NGO Forum of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban South Africa. He served for five years as the Chairperson of the International Caucus of the Black Radical Congress.
Dr. Campbell works in the wider Syracuse Community as an activist for peace. He is an advisory Board member of the Syracuse Peace Council, one of the oldest peace organizations in the USA.
Dr. Campbell is in high demand as an expert commentator on issues relating to contemporary Africa and the world. He is frequently invited to lecture international gatherings around the world and has been interviewed on American, African and other global radio and TV stations on developments in Africa and the Caribbean. He is as reputed in Syracuse University among students as among media persons covering global issues. His ability to provide an alternative viewpoint to the so-called "mainstream" voices on international affairs has attracted a wide following within academia and in communities striving for peace and justice.
Dr. Campbell is married to Professor Makini Zaline Roy, who is an educator, Professor of Education at Syracuse University and a community activist.
- Campbell, H (2010) 'Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics' breaks down revolutionary movements behind president's campaign, Pluto Books
- Campbell, H (2007) China in Africa: challenging US global hegemony,in Manji, F and Marks, S (eds) African Perspectives on China in Africa, Oxford: Pambazuka Press 
- Campbell, H (2006) Pan Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st century', New Academia Publishers
- Campbell, H (2003) Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation, New Jersey: South Africa and Africa World Press
- Campbell, H (1985) Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney, Hansib Publications
- 'Reparations and regrets: Why is the US Senate apologising now?' (2009) Publish in Pambazuka News 
- 'Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem and the tasks of Pan-Africanists' (2009) Published in Pambazuka News 
- 'Zimbabwe: Where is the Outrage? Mamdani, Mugabe and the African Scholarly Community'(2009) Published in Concerned Africa Scholars 
- 'Obama and US Policy Towards Africa'(2009) Published in Toward Freedom 
- Democracy Now!, "Analyst: On Africa Visit, Bush Pushes Agenda of Continent-Wide U.S. Military Expansion", 18 Feb 2008
- Democracy Now!, "Zimbabwe and the Question of Imperialism: A Discussion", 26 Jun 2008
- Democracy Now!, "As Thousands Flee Ivory Coast, Former Clinton Adviser Lanny Davis is Paid Lobbyist for President Who Refuses to Cede Power", 27 Dec 2010
- Democracy Now!, "Sudan Referendum: A Real Turning Point for the People of Africa", 4 Jan 2011
- Democracy Now!, Ivory Coast Showdown: A Discussion on the Political Crisis in West Africa", 4 Jan 2011
- Democracy Now!, 2 Mar 2011
- RT: Cross Talk, "Libya deja vu", 5 Mar 2011
- Democracy Now!, "Horace Campbell: Obama Takes "Imperial Tour" of Africa as World Honors Ailing Mandela", 28 Jun 2013
- Democracy Now!, "Horace Campbell on Mandela’s Legacy, NATO’s Failure in Libya and Obama’s Trip to Africa", 28 Jun 2013
- Faculty webpage at the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University
- Faculty webpage at the Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University
- The New African Initiative: Peace, Justice and Reparations or the Rekindling of the Human Spirit (included as a document at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002)
- Horace Campbell at the Internet Movie Database